Dr. Elisabeth Montgomery
Superintendent for Internation of Nanshan Education Bureau
In Chicago in the late 1970s and through the next decade, Beth served as Youth And Community Economic Development Director for Jane Addams Hull House, the landmark 100 year-old settlement house in the city’s dwindling North Side neighborhood. With grants from the renowned John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, including its first for Social Entrepreneurship, she created non-profit companies to buy up local businesses that were about to close, or leave town. Keeping them open and local ultimately meant thousands of jobs for residents and a new lease on life for the neighborhood itself. Many of those businesses still operate today. She went on to run San Francisco’s prominent Hospitality House, again as Enterprise Director, promoting city-wide adult and youth employment programs.
In between these projects, Beth has made documentary films in Bogota and Chicago, conducted oral history projects in the hills of West Virginia and worked in broadcast media.
At the end of the century, Beth and family came to China, where she developed a 16-week course at Shenzhen Managers Training College that prepared high-powered Chinese business people, politicians, TV broadcasters and school principals, among others, who were heading overseas. For four years, they passed through her class, absorbing Western language and culture.
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